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If you are trying to move an item from one area to another, you are a shipper and this post is for you. First of all, BEWARE, Uship is a ripoff and they operate outright illegally. For one, they force your carrier to bid on your freight in an "all enclusive" manner. Therefore the carrier must include items like tolls, permits (where applicable) and something called the truck's fuel surcharge. The last item, the (FSC), is absolutely illegel for anyone to touch. They take a percentage of all of the bid. ILLEGAL

But for you the shipper, that is a moot point. What you want is the best price possible from a carrier that can accomplish this both legally and safely. Pay attention here from a lisenced, legal carrier and I will teach you how to beat the USHIP ripoff system. All you need is the knowledge and I will explain the way. This is what you do....

If you don't have an account, go and set one up on SHIP (yes you heard me correct) and post your load. Then wait for your bids to come in. Now here is the tricky part. Every carrier that bids on your freight has a profile. Click on that carriers user name. He or she will have all the typical BS claiming that he is the best carrier in the world. But, what also will be there is his USDOT or MC number. This is what you are looking for. If their number is not listed... DO NOT USE THIS CARRIER!!! He is illegal. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

If his number is there, it's time for you to get your best price and here is what you need to know. Copy this number down or right click and copy. DO NOT click and follow the link supplied by USHIP. It is bogus. It is filtered from the real site. It is outdated. Instead go here...

This is a public domain. If you are a legal carrier in the USA all of your company information will be shown here. Including company address, what they are legal to haul. and company TELEPHONE NUMBER. You can search the company by name, dot # or MC #. If the company is not listed or the company is inactive..move on...once again you are being warned.

Now that you have this information this is the way it all comes together.

As explained above, I am a professional carrier. Recently I had my own personal item (a ATV) in Virginia that I wanted shipped to Florida. I did everything I explained above. Within 1 day I had 14 bids ranging from $580 to $935 to haul a 1400lb ATV. Out of the 14 bids, 7 of them came from carriers with no legal authority. No DOT. No MC. Even if their price was "good", I know if he gets caught my stuff ends up in an impound lot costing me 10x to get it back out. And if there is an accident? I am SOL.

But then there was this $580 bid from a small independent carrier so I punched his DOT number in the SAFERWEB site and 'viola... his business phone number.

OK shippers pay attention here...

I called him up direct. I said, "I think you have a truck in the Virginia area with some space. Is that correct?"

He said, "Ummmm, wellll, errr, yeah, but not till Monday."

Of course I knew that because he had bid for a Monday pick up. I said, "Great, I have a small ATV up there and I need it hauled back to Florida. Want to give me a bid?", all the while never letting up that I knew all about his bid on USHIP. Then I described my ATV and offered to send him a picture. Of course it was the same picture posted on USHIP.

He said, "I just bid that item on USHIP!"

I quickly interrupted him and said this.. (shippers this is important) "I don't know anything about any *** USHIP ***. Do you want the job or not? Give me a bid."

He chuckled and said "Sure. $580 minus USHIP broker fees comes to $475. Deal?"

"YUP" I said, "I will pay you $475 cash when you get my toy to my house. Not 1 penny up front. ..and BTW, I know where you live!!"

Looking up his authority and making sure he was a legal carrier gave me peace of mind and saved me $105 to boot.

Pass this information to all you know and make USHIP change their illegal practices to help protect the "mom and pop" type shipper who simply don't know any better.

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You don't need d o t or m c if you Haul under 10,000 pounds,been doing it like this for years and caught and released by DOT


OMG, I accidentally got on here looking for a shipper to ship some vintage doors. I have a vintage shop and I'm starting to get real busy and I am needing another avenue besides busfreighter and I'll tell you what....

you'll all scared the *** out of me. I'm just going to strap these doors on the top of the roof of my car and take them to Utah myself. Buy the sound of all of the squabbling, complaining, *** pointing fingers, bad mouthing, and unprofessional attitudes and business practices they'd be just as safe me taking them. I think you'll all ought to take a step back and look.

Whatever happened to helping out a fellow shipper/ trucker. I never heard so many egos. It's a shame I just lost about 10 yards of respect for this business. I guess I thought y'all were like truck drivers pretty much help each other.

Or maybe I'm just remembering the old days of driving down the highways and listening to the truckers and all the comrodery on the CB Radio's.

I wish you all knew those days . And I'm not anonymous my name is Jody.


This guy sounds like a shyster himself. First of all he's talking about how uShip rips people off uShip is upfront on everything they tell you you the shipper and you the carrier.

This guy Rambles on and on and on to finally get to the point where how he beat the system and saves $100 if anything is a scam it's this article and the guy who wrote it.

Look up my. Cuz I'm calling you now you're a ***


If you ever get a chance to come across a Timothy Diliberto (aka Tim) from Eastern Carriers. AVOID HIM AT ALL COST.

He is a scam artist. Him and his wife Audrey Preen created a "northern division - Eastern Carrier LLC". I called the head office in Kolkata and they had no record of their 'division'.

They scammed myself and others on uShip. Be careful!


That’s hard to believe, I’ve used Tim multiple times and still do he’s never been late or caused issues by any means. So respectful as well as caring demeanor is more then we’ve ever expected in a Carrier.

We will continue to use him as well as notify him of your concerns. With your intent to slander his name, he certainly should be made aware of this to hoefully rectify your situation.


FMCSA regs changes are unpredictable sometimes. As regards to how you register your business depends on both, repeat both, federal and State.

Look up your states regs and the comparable fed regs.

But if you plan on crossing state lines, better have your paperwork in order. It don't take much to cross that fine line.


you don't need a DOT number to haul an ATV ***


If you are hauling goods for money across state lines, yes you DO need a DOT and MC. Until you learn the rules and proper punctuation and capitalization, maybe you shouldn't be calling others names.


Pretty sure DOT says the gross weight has to exceed 10k pounds. There are other and/ors on the list, but that was the big one.


If you haul ANYTHING for commerce across state lines PERIOD you need a USDOT/MC# and commercial insurance otherwise your breaking the law.


Not true, your vehicle has to be over 21000 pounds and be hauling interstate commerce. See the word “and”. That’s federal so it’s all 50 states.


Not under ten thousand pounds, how do you think Uber Lyft do it when the company is located in California, how do you think Amazon Flex delivers packages with the everyday person delivering with their car or van when Amazon is office located in California. How do you think your mail gets delivered that is shipped from all over the world crossing state lines by your local neighbor delivering with his car


Some of us aint putting nothing on a trailer of our own and do not have a DOT# or mc# . how ever if one person has a cdl they can drive a semi as long as the buyer has insureance on it or a bill of sell.

I do drive aways for semi trucks but if some chose to do that they still need to run a log book and follow the 11 hour driving rule.

When i get a truck to drive i start my log book as soon as i get in that truck. I am just about to where i can apply for my mc # and dot # so i can grow and get bigger.


Private carriers (carriers that transport their own cargo)

“For-hire" carriers that exclusively haul exempt commodities (cargo that is not federally regulated)

Carriers that operate exclusively within a federally designated "commercial zone" that is exempt from interstate authority rules. A commercial zone is, for example, a geographic territory that includes multiple states bordering on a major metropolitan city, such as Virginia/Maryland/Washington, DC

ever state is difert


Your spot on with what your saying a legitimate carrier on uShip I can attest to the validity of your archenemy uShip takes a piece of each payment in the transaction funnily enough the fmcsa does state that you have to be a broker to perform the services they provide and they do restrict any said between the potential carrier and customer therefore when a customer feels they are being overcharged you cannot explain to them the overhead involved with operating a legal logistical company I have had people to ask me for what I personally would call a miracle for instance I had a customer try to get me to ship a large chopper motorcycle from the South Florida to the north east coast of North Carolina almost Virginia he wanted me to do it for $200 yet he was unaware of the uShip fee that would leave me with $167 of the original payment how ever I have also had experiences where I made out good because the customer had used uShip before and had knowledge of the fees but therein lies the biggest problem the inability to communicate with new user the next problem I have encountered has been other times when brokers in order to avoid the fees and actual cost to ship it on their end have posted loads they'd already received payment for and pretended to be a customer. All in all I've had my problems with uShip as a carrier and my only advice to customers would be do your homework on what it cost to ship and the potential carriers and to carriers make sure your on more than uShip looking for loads.


I truly don't have a dog in this fight. But I find it very humorous that the gentlemen had no problem or sees nothing wrong with cheating uship out of any monies due them for connecting the shipper and trucking company together?

This is the service their company supplies and although you find yourself very cleaver

? I find you nothing more than a common thief as you stole the service that is their commodity.


I'm just going to put this here.

Per the FMCSA website:

You are required to obtain a USDOT number if you have a vehicle that:

•Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous and transported in a quantity requiring placarding (whether interstate or intrastate).


•Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more, whichever is greater; or •Is designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for compensation; or •Is designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers, including the driver, and is not used to transport passengers for compensation; AND is involved in Interstate commerce: Trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States— •Between a place in a State and a place outside of such State (including a place outside of the United States); •Between two places in a State through another State or a place outside of the United States; or •Between two places in a State as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the State or the United States.

You are required by FMCSA to obtain USDOT Number and comply with the Federal Regulations. Now then, this is what will get people caught up: A: This little section right here: “Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, or gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 4,536 kg (10,001 pounds) or more, whichever is greater; or” You see, any one-ton truck has a GVWR of AT LEAST 10,000 pounds if not MORE. Or you can go out to your vehicle, open the door and look at your GVWR. If you tow a trailer, look at that GVWR, add them together and that is your gross combination weight rating.

So, if a 2016 F150 with a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 has a GVWR of 6010 pounds according to, which is the smallest F150 listed. A 2016 F250 has a GVWR of 9900 for a F250 SRW 4x2, which is the smallest one listed. If you are towing a trailer, for the small F150, a trailer with a GVWR of 3990 puts you at 10,000 cross combined vehicle weight rating while a trailer with a GVWR of 100 pounds put you at 10,00 GVWR. B: AND per the FMCSAR 390.5 Definitions: is involved in Interstate commerce: Interstate commerce means trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States— (1) Between a place in a State and a place outside of such State (including a place outside of the United States); (2) Between two places in a State through another State or a place outside of the United States; or (3) Between two places in a State as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the State or the United States.

Intrastate commerce means any trade, traffic, or transportation in any State which is not described in the term “interstate commerce.” C: For-hire motor carrier means a person engaged in the transportation of goods or passengers for compensation. Also from FMCSAR 390.5. If you are getting paid for transporting good or passengers, you are a for higher motor carrier. D: Motor carrier means a for-hire motor carrier or a private motor carrier.

The term includes a motor carrier's agents, officers and representatives as well as employees responsible for hiring, supervising, training, assigning, or dispatching of drivers and employees concerned with the installation, inspection, and maintenance of motor vehicle equipment and/or accessories. For purposes of subchapter B, this definition includes the terms employer, and exempt motor carrier. Also from FMCSA 390.5 E: States that Require a DOT Number: Apart from federal regulations, some states require commercial motor vehicle registrants to obtain a USDOT Number. These states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming F.

Insurance: Private vehicle insurance typically will not cover the vehicle or fright if the vehicle is used for commerce. The vehicle owner needs to call their insurance company and ask if they use their vehicle to transport items listed on UShip, will they be covered. This is the insurance requirements according the FMCSA website: Freight: --$750,000 - $5,000,000, depending on commodities transported; $300,000 for non-hazardous freight moved only in vehicles weighing under 10,001 lbs. Passengers: --$5,000,000; $1,500,000 for registrants operating only vehicles with seating capacity of 15 or fewer passengers - See more at: In short, if your GVWR or GCVWR is 10,000 pounds or more and you are paid to transport property or passengers, you are required to have DOT authority.

Now, if you look at Admin Ruling 119, tells you what is exempt, which a good 99% of what is on UShip is not listed. A CDL is another topic. Pursuant to Federal standards, States issue CDLs and CLPs to drivers according to the following license classifications: Class A: Any combination of vehicles which has a gross combination weight rating or gross combination weight of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more) whichever is greater, inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) whichever is greater. Class B: Any single vehicle which has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of 11,794 or more kilograms (26,001 pounds or more), or any such vehicle towing a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight that does not exceed 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds).

Class C: Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B, but is either designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, or is transporting material that has been designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C.

5103 and is required to be placarded under subpart F of 49 CFR Part 172 or is transporting any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73. - See more at:


Well sir you are either a liar, or ***, or both. I thought I would fact check your silly little post here, because fact checking arrogant trolls online is fun and this post seemed to be bullish

For the record, you DON'T need a MC# or DOT if your under 10k lbs.

(and not transporting hazmat) Sooo, get your facts right, I just called almost every state (seriously I called and talked to 18 different states DOT) between Nevada and Florida and they ALL told me the same thing.

Furthermore, I have shipped 2 cars, a motorcycle, a pickup truck, a 2 story house (including fish tanks) and have only AWESOME things to say about USHIP.

This post seems to be inspired by someone bitter and angry because USHIP is taking their business! SHAME ON YOU.


In one sentence you say the carriers will have al this "BS about how they're the best" then start talking about YOU'RE the king. What a carrot cuffer


man oh man what a ton of personal opinions in this article and other comments ... The correct answers are all right within the fmcsa website ..

I have been heavy-hauling 40 years. There IS such a thing as EXEMPT commodities (non-federally regulated) not requiring dot/mc numbers. They are listed in a downloadable PDF at the website, it's called Admin Ruling 119... So thus there exists situations where for-hire CDL haulers don't need a dot or mc number for these kinds of loads and numbers are also not required for several CDL situations ..

HOWEVER, there are about 30 states that require dot/mc numbers regardless whether the load is federally-exempt or not, and regardless if the carrier is not federally required to have dot/mc numbers ...

So, author of this piece, I agree with you that people need to research the bidders, BUT, you are quite incorrect to assume those haulers who don't post a mc/dot number are illegitimate .. Read the FMCSA rules, do yourself and others a favor before you post inaccuracies and spread confusion